Friday, July 31, 2009

Obama is a Racist

As you may have noticed, the hot race issue in recent weeks is the arrest of distinguished Harvard professor of race and culture, Henry Louis Gates Jr., for "disorderly conduct." Apparently, after a trip back from China, Gates found the door to his house jammed so had his driver help him unjam it. Lucia Whalen, seeing this called the police to report a possible break in. She did not mention race, even when asked, and acknowledged that she was not certain if the gentlemen lived there or not.

Things got out of hand when, according to the report of the officer in charge, James Crowley, Gates was noticeably upset yelling, "This is what happens to black men in America." When Crowley asked to speak with Gates outside, he reportedly said, "ya, I'll speak with your mama outside." That's when the officer slapped him with a disorderly conduct rap which was quickly dropped by prosecutors.

I don't doubt officer Crowley, a "race sensitivity expert" who was appointed to his position by a Black police chief, racially profiled. I believe he tried to put Gates in his place when he "sassed." I especially believe Gates stated a fact, Blacks historically experience police misconduct in a disproportionate number. He probably also capitalized on the situation by not remaining docile throughout. Sometimes, one just tires of the harassment received simply because the color of one's skin. Check out such an example with the video below.

With the Cambridge police, the only difference this time is, the Black "criminal" is a high profile, premier public intellectual. Oops. I know it's predictable of me to side with the academic brothah, but let's face it, news surfacing about shady police reports wrongly claiming the woman who called in described the men as black wearing backpacks doesn't look good for the Cambridge Police Department.

So, this leads me to the second funky thing that transpired. Obama, in a knee-jerk (but most likely genuine) reaction to the situation said Crowley acted, "stupidly." As a Harvard alum who's certainly well aware of who Gates is, yeah, it probably seemed to Obama that it was rather dumb of officer Crowley to racially profile a race scholar for entering his own home. Obama was not racist as certain journalists quickly claimed, but rather racially aware. So, almost immediately, Obama's team tried to do damage control by inviting officer Crowley and Professor Gates to have a beer at the white house, assumed to ease the tension.

Racism is not an isolated incident but rather a systemic disease deep rooted in American life and psychy. Try as one may, police actions against black men, and race relations in general, cannot be solved over a beer and round table back slapping. If Americans think it will, they are pulling the three monkeys move -- see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. Obama still has not dealt with the elephant in the room (aka the race issue) adequately and I'm sorry to report, this opportune moment only pushed him deeper into the racial awareness closet and I just don't know when he'll come out again if at all.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fallen Republicans, When Will It End?

Republican Sen. of Tennessee, Paul Stanley, resigned this week amidst an adulterous scandal involving his 22-year-old intern and some alleged sex photos. This is the heals of conservative rising star, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's admission to an "international affair" with an Argentinian hottie. Oh, and who can forget the Congressman Mark Foley's homoerotic texts to his teenaged congressional pageboys just a few years ago.

Oh, how the Republicans must miss the Clinton inquisition days (aka impeachment hearings), when come stained dress testimonies trumped dealing with the national economy. Look, people, people, all people have the potential for sexual indiscretions. So who gives a fuck? Oh, yeah, their families and such. Novel, but it's a private matter, not a freakin' public one.

So, my question is, how many more Republican politicians need to fall before they abandon the politically motivated, puritan notion to crucify every adulterer/gay boy? They must have statisticians noticing the tipping of the scale, that is, Republicans are falling in greater numbers than Democrats due to sex scandals. Thoughts?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How California Can Be Saved

Where was this woman before the California State crisis? I'm scared more and more everyday. Santa Cruz City Council should invest in an IQ radar before allowing speakers to the podium. Then again, I've heard crazier words uttered at City Council meetings.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When Great Minds Come Together

What happens when you cross Sarah Palin with William Shatner? Well, poetry, of course.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Comic-con 2009

Oh, why did they run out of tix so early! So bummed I missed Comicon this year, but had I attended, I would have pretty much been like my my sister in another life, Natalie Tran (aka Community Channel). Oh, Baltar Baltar. We go way back. Remind me to write about our first meeting one of these days. In the mean time, watch Natalie geek out below!

New Tron

Holly crap, "Tron Legacy" looks intense. And they even brought back Jeff Bridges (old and young). Check out trailer below!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pixar Hearts the East Bay

In the shadows of "the city" (aka San Francisco), the East Bay exists in near obscurity. So, it's quite exciting that Pixar, the major animation studio, resides in Emeryville and have adopted East Bay cities like Berkeley and Oakland.

They pay special homage to the place where their workers "hang out" and I call home by featuring our famous landmarks in their animated films.
Oakland port cranes appeared in "WALL-E." "The Incredibles" had fun chase scenes through the streets of Emeryville and Oakland. Victorian homes in "Up" were inspired by Berkeley's Sixth Street, and the over 114 year old creamery, Fenton's, was shown in the ending segment of the film.

It does feel good to see your hometown on the big screen!